The result will be less handling and a better product, he said.
The company’s old storage building will continue to be used for seed and, if needed, overage, Moquist said.
The new building is about 1,800 square feet, he said.
Peatland Reds drops from association
As of Jan. 1, Trail, Minn.-based Peatland Reds Inc., no longer will be part of the Great Plains Potato Growers Association, said Dennis Magnell, a partner in the company.
Peatland Reds will allow its membership to expire at the first of the year, he said.
That makes sense, he said, because the company grows potatoes outside the Red River Valley in peat soil, as opposed to the Red River Valley’s muck soil, he said.
“We don’t need an association — we just need our reds,” Magnell said.
Peatland Reds also is working on a single-wrap baked red potato, using a Dakota Rose variety, Magnell said.
“We hope it will be out by the end of November,” he said, adding that the company had not yet decided on a label for the product.
The product likely will be available only in the New York and Minneapolis markets, which are Peatland Reds’ primary destinations.